Rustic romance

18 Nov 2013

Rustic romance

David Middleton and Elaine Nash

Where: Ceremony and reception at Meols Hall, Southport

Photography: Nicole Photography

The venue was easy to find. We knew that we didn’t want a church and we didn’t want a modern hotel. We wanted something romantic and different. I did some searching on the internet and selected three venues to view. Meols Hall was the first venue we looked at and the last. I cancelled the viewings with the other two venues that day!

My dress was a Sophia Tolli gown, from The Bridal Room in St Helens. It was a fishtail lace dress and it was love at first sight. The boys hired grey suits from Slaters, with cream waistcoats and green cravats. I loved my bridesmaids’ dresses, they were a one shoulder Dessy dress from The Bridal Path in Childwall. The dresses were an apple colour - green is my favourite colour. When I saw the venue I knew I wanted a rustic theme with greens, yellow and oranges. I couldn’t imagine any other colour in the venue so just went with the image I had in my head.

We had gerberas as button holes and my bouquet was gerberas and roses - all orange, green, yellow and white colours. The venue was dressed in the same flowers. The centrepieces were cream candelabras with the same flowers on the top.

My invitations were very rustic, we wanted them to be personal so they told the story of how we met and how Dave proposed to me. The lady who made my invitations sent me a link for a wedding website. This was one of the most exciting things that we did. We designed our own website where guests could RSVP. All the details of the day were on the website from the menu to local hotels. Guests could leave a message when they RSVPed and could even request their favourite song for the evening.

We aren’t very fond of cake but we both love cheese and biscuits so we decided to have a cheese cake dressed in fruit. Not only did the cake suit the rustic theme but it tasted amazing and was the perfect accompaniment to the bacon and sausage butties that we had in the evening.

On the morning of the wedding I was actually very calm. I stayed the night before the wedding at the Ramada Hotel in Southport. I stayed with my bridesmaids and at 6.30am I jumped up and ran to the window and was so happy to see the clear blue sky. The rest of the morning went like clockwork we had so much fun getting ready. Our hair and make-up was done my Laura Mayers - she came to our hotel room so everything was stress free. My 86 year old nan got her hair and make-up done as well which was really special and was lovely to share the morning with her.

Dave went from his dad’s in Prescot and was also very clam however that may have been due to the fact that the best man was so nervous that he was laughing at him!

The nerves hit me when I got to the venue and met the registrar, “no going back now” I thought! I was so excited to see Dave that I think I ran down the aisle, my dad said I pulled him down.

As it was a civil ceremony we wanted it to last a bit longer than the ones we have seen before. We wrote our own vows and had a lighting of a unity candle where both of our sisters lit a candle. David’s niece read a poem and his other niece sang Etta James’ At Last while we signed the register. It was a very personal and romantic service. We had a string quartet who played the Wedding March as I walked down the aisle and The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love as we walked out as man and wife.

The wedding breakfast was by Carringtons. We had Lancashire cheese tart, cured Ribble Valley bacon and wild leaves to start, rump of Bowland lamb, heather honeyed root vegetables, hot pot potatoes for main and baked vanilla cheesecake with poached figs and star aniseed for desert.

We had a singer during the wedding breakfast, Marcus Keith from Big Entertainment. Marcus sang relaxed background type songs during the meal then really got the crowd going before the speeches. He had us all up dancing and waving our serviettes over our heads he was so much fun. I would recommend this to anyone this was defiantly in my top five moments of the day. We also had a band for the evening do. We had a free bar in the day so the drink was flowing and our guests were ready to party. Our band, Capone from Wirral were due to do an acoustic set at the start of the night. The guests were on the dance floor dancing while they were doing a sound check so, we decided not to have the acoustic set as it would bring the mood down, The atmosphere was amazing you could see that everyone had a fun day which meant so much to us.

Our photographer was the amazing Nicole Photography. There was no question in our minds about who we were going to have as our wedding photographer. We had seen their work first hand before and knew they were the best. After the meal and before the night do we had some photos around the grounds. It was lovely to spend some time as husband and wife away from the guests and, as the sun was setting we got some really beautiful photos. I would recommend this time out on your day to all brides. You don’t get much time together which sounds crazy but it’s so true. That half an hour, just the two of you with a bottle of wine and the sun setting is priceless.

Another top tip is to have a video of the day. We used Gosh Weddings - there is so much of the day that we wouldn’t have seen without this.


Photography: Nicole Photography,

Venue: Meols Hall,

Dress: The Bridal Room, St Helens,

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bridal Path, Childwall,

Groom’s outfit: Slaters,

Stationery: Paper Sherbet, Bristol,

Cake: Birkdale Cheese Centre,

Catering: Carringtons Catering,

Videographer: Gosh Wedding Video,

Entertainment: The Big Event Group, Marcus Keith,

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